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Amharic phrasebook

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Amharic is the main language of north central Ethiopia.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

Consonants[edit]

Common diphthongs[edit]

Phrase list[edit]

Basics[edit]

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It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice
Just for the sake of being "friendly," please do not use the informal greetings with the elderly, dignitaries or generally with people who are not your friends. Respect for elderly and people with authority is paramount in Ethiopia. Therefore, in order not to give your acquaintance a wrong impression of yourself, make sure you adjust your behaviour according to the circumstances.

Hello. (formal)  Tena yistilign. (ጤና ይስጥልኝ ) Hello. (informal)  Selam. (ሰላም ) Hello. (informal between friends)  Halo. ( ) How are you? (respectful to elder)  Dehina newot? ( ደህና ነዎት?) How are you (informal, to a man)  Endemin-neh? ( ) How are you (informal, to a woman)  Endemin-nesh? ( ) Fine, thank you.  Dehna negn. ( ) What is your name? (to a man) Simeh man naw? ( ?) What is your name? (to a woman) Simish man naw? ( ?) My name is ______ .  Sime ______ yibalal. ( _____ .) Pleased to meet you.  siletewaweqin dess bilognal . (ስለተዋወቅን ደስ ብሎኛል) Please.  Ebakih. (to a man) Please.  Ebakish. (to a woman) Thank you (very much).  (Betam) ahmesugenalew. ( ) You're welcome.  Minem Aydelem. (meaning 'no problem' ) Yes.  awo. ( ) No.  aye; aydelem. ( ) OK.  ishi ( ) Excuse me. (getting attention)  Yiqirta. ( ) Excuse me. Do you have a minute  Yiqirta, anda gazay ( ) Excuse me. (begging pardon)  Yiqirta. ( ) I'm sorry.  Yiqirta. ( ) I don't understand.  Algebinem. Goodbye  Dehna hun. (to a man) Goodbye  Dehna hugni. (to a woman) Goodbye (informal)  Ciao. (Taken from Italian) I can't speak name of language [well].  [ ]. ( [ ]) Do you speak English?  Englizegna tichilaleh? (to a man) Do you speak English?  Englizegna tichiyalesh? (to a woman) Is there someone here who speaks English?  Englizegna michel sew aleh/alew? Help!  'erdata! ( erdu'y ) I'm sick.  AhMOINyal. tam'malhu Look out!   ! ( !) Good morning.  Dehna aderk (to a young man): Dehna aderu (Elderly man/ more formal) Good morning.  Dehna adersh (to a woman):Dehna aderu (Elderly woman/ more formal) Good morning.  Dehna aderachu ( more than one person) Good evening.  . ( melkam meshe't ( for one and more than one persons ) Good night.  Dehna dur.(to a man) Good night.  Dehna duree (to a woman) Good night (to sleep)  . ( ) I don't understand.  Algebagnem. ( ) Where is the toilet?  Shintabet yet new?

Problems[edit]

Leave me alone.  tewugn or likekugn Don't touch me!  atinkagn (M), atinkign (F) I'll call the police.  police etaralew! Police!  police! I need your help.  erdagn (M) erjign (F) Medical emergency  AsCHekuway Hikimina I'm lost.  tefaw I lost my bag.  sahantaye tefa I lost my wallet.  borsaye tefa I'm sick.  amognial I've been injured.  tegodichalew I need a doctor.  hakim efelgalew Can I use your phone?  silkihin ande litekem?(M): siljishin ande litekem?(F)

Numbers[edit]

0 = Zero 1 = And 2 = Hoolet 3 = Sost 4 = Arat 5 = Amest 6 = Sidist 7 = Sebat 8 = Sement 9 = ZeTegn 10 = Aser 11 = Asra-and 12 = Asra-hoolet 20 = Haya 21 = Haya-and 30 = Selasa 40 = Arba 50 = Hamsa 60 = Silsa 70 = Seba 80 = Semanya 90 = ZeTena 100 = Meto 200 = Hoolet-meto 300 = Sost-meto 1000 = Shee 2000 = Hoolet-shee

Time[edit]

Clock time[edit] The day starts at 1 se'at ke tewatu(o'clock in the morning) = 7am 2 se'at = 8am 3 se'at = 9am 4 se'at = 10am 5 se'at = 11am 6 se'at = 12pm 7 se'at = 1pm 8 se'at = 2pm 9 se'at = 3pm 10 se'at = 4pm 11 se'at = 5pm 12 se'at = 6pm 1 se'at ke'mishitu (o'clock in the evening) = 7pm 2 se'at = 8pm 3 se'at = 9pm 4 se'at = 10pm 5 se'at = 11pm 6 se'at ke'lelitu (o'clock in the night) = 12am 7 se'at = 1am 8 se'at = 2am 9 se'at = 3am 10 se'at = 4am 11 se'at = 5am 12 se'at = 6am Duration[edit] Days[edit] Sunday = Ehood Monday = Segno Tuesday = Maksegno Wednesday = Erob Thursday = Hamoos Friday = Arb Saturday = Qdame Months[edit] September = Meskerem October = Tikimt November = Hidar December = Tahisas January = Tir February = Yekatit March = Megabit April = Miyaziya May = Ginbot June = Senie July = Hamlie August = Nehasie Writing time and date[edit]

Colors[edit]

Black = Tiqoor White = NeCH Red = Qey Blue = Semayawi Green = Arengwade Yellow = BiCHa Brown = Buna'aynet/Buna'ma Purple = WeynTej Pink = Rose Orange = Brtukan Baby blue = Wuhama semayawi Dark blue = DemaQ semayawi

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit] Directions[edit] Right = qew'n Left = g'era Straight ahead = QeTita menged Opposite = TeQarani/Feet'lefeet Adjacent = ATegeb/Gon Turn left = wede g'ra taTef(to a guy)/taTefi(to a girl)/taTefu (to more than one person or to an elderly) Turn right = wede Qegn taTef(to a guy)/taTefi(to a girl)/taTefu (to more than one person or to an elderly) Taxi[edit] ______________ meh hed felegukin

Lodging[edit]

Money[edit]

How much?  Sint new?

Eating[edit]

Bread (Ethiopian)  dabo Curry  wet Meat (red) siga Chicken  doro Vegetable  ataklt Spicy  qmemama Mild  aletcha Coffee shop  bunna bet I am a vegetarian  Siga albuelam (literally, "I don't eat meat") coffee with milk  Buna b'Wetet

Bars[edit]

chfera bet

Shopping[edit]

SOOK

Driving[edit]

Authority[edit]

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